“I'm going to miss him terribly,” McCain said of the Medal of Honor recipient. “Even though Bud had reached advanced years, for some reason I could never imagine Bud yielding to anything. Tough old bird that he was, I always thought that he would outlive us all.”
McCain recalled how Day and another POW, Norris Overly, had nursed him back to health while the three shared a cell in 1967.
Day “saved my life,” McCain said, calling him “the bravest man I ever knew.”
“He's gone now,” McCain said, choking back tears, “to a heaven I expect he imagined would look like an Iowa cornfield in early winter filled with pheasants.
I will miss Bud every day for the rest of my life. But I will see him again. I know I will,” he said.